Men sentenced in murder of DJ Keys

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Judge Lisa Borges sentenced Dontee Robinson and Dominique Hamler to 140 years in prison.

The two were sentenced together and were convicted of the Murder of Thomas Keys also known as ” DJ Keys”.

According to investigators, Keys and his cousin Marvin Finney II were lured to One Stop Media. Once there the two were zipped tied, duct taped, and shot multiple times. Keys died, but Finney survived. He then helped police with the investigation.

In addition to Robinson and Hamler, police identified four other men that were part of this murderous plot.

Marion County Prosecutor Office put out a list of all of the men convicted and their sentences:

  • Dominique Hamler was convicted by a jury on May 2014 of Murder, Attempted Murder (A Felony), Robbery (A Felony) and Criminal Confinement (B Felony). He was sentenced to 140 years.
  • Dontee Robinson was convicted by a jury on May 2014 of Murder, Attempted Murder (A Felony), Robbery (A Felony) and Criminal Confinement (B Felony). He was sentenced to 140 years.
  • Nathaniel Armstrong was convicted by a jury on October 2013 of Murder, Kidnapping (A Felony), and Attempt Murder (A Felony). Prosecutors filed a Criminal Gang sentence enhancement which added 65 years to his sentence. He was sentenced to a total of 175 years.
  • James McDuffy was convicted by a jury in October 2013 of Murder, Attempt Murder (A Felony), Kidnapping (A Felony), Robbery (A Felony), Criminal Confinement (B Felony), Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping (A Felony), and Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Confinement (B Felony). Prosecutors requested a Habitual Offender sentence enhancement, and he was sentenced to a total of 185 years.
  • Carlton Hart was convicted of Murder, Criminal Confinement (B Felony), and Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Confinement (B Felony). He was sentenced to 65 years.
  • Darin Jackson was convicted by a jury in February 2014 of Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Confinement (B Felony). He was sentenced to 18 years.

“This was a lengthy and complex case, ultimately with six suspects held responsible for their role in the murder of Thomas Keys and attempted murder of Marvin Finney II,” Prosecutor Terry Curry commented after the final jury verdict in May.

Gang enhancement charges were used in Armstrong’s case. A strategy prosecutors use on those known to have ties to gangs.

Keys’ mother Debra Watson expressed relief when the judge’s decision came down.

“I’m happy they won’t be able to get out and hurt anybody else,” said Watson.

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